Film mogul Harvey Weinstein knew the bad press was coming. Now it’s here, and it is absolutely shocking.
The New York Times published an explosive report Thursday detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations against the Miramax co-founder. Among the most notable finger-pointers, actress Ashley Judd. In an interview with the Times Judd recalled an incident in which she expected to discuss business with Weinstein, but instead, was summoned to his hotel room.
Judd claimed that Weinstein — wearing a bathrobe — then asked the actress if he could give her a massage, or if she would be willing to watch him take a shower.
“How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?” Judd said, recalling what was going through her mind.
The full report details some truly stunning claims, including; blatant offers of career advancement in exchange for sex, forced massages and incidents in which he fully exposed himself.
High-powered attorney Lisa Bloom — well known for representing sexual harassment accusers, including, notably, several women who made allegations against Bill O’Reilly — is, perhaps shockingly, defending Weinstein in these cases. She told the Times that most of the allegations are “patently false,” and called Weinstein “old dinosaur learning new ways.” The film mogul gave a lengthy statement to the paper, which read, in part:
“I appreciate the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it. Though I’m trying to do better, I know I have a long way to go.”
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